Ugandan bishop: Here’s why queer films are important
Africa / Faith and religion

Ugandan bishop: Here’s why queer films are important

Prominent Ugandan straight ally Bishop Christopher Senyonjo (Ssenyonjo) delivered an introductory message to urge people to attend screenings at the Queer Kampala International Film Festival. The event, scheduled for Dec. 9-11, will be East Africa’s first LGBTQ film festival, aims at bringing together the Ugandan gay community, potential allies, and film enthusiasts from abroad. In … Continue reading

‘Hope for change’: Gambian voters oust anti-gay strongman
Africa

‘Hope for change’: Gambian voters oust anti-gay strongman

Yahya Jammeh, one of the world’s most outspokenly homophobic leaders, has agreed to step down as president — and repressive strongman — of the Gambia after losing Thursday’s presidential election in that West African country. [Dec. 10 update: “Defeated anti-gay strongman demands Gambian revote.”] Property developer Adama Barrow, who has never held political office, won … Continue reading

When a Jamaican official applauds same-sex marriage …
Americas

When a Jamaican official applauds same-sex marriage …

From Jamaica, activist Maurice Tomlinson describes an encouraging incident on the long road toward fair treatment for Jamaica’s LGBTI citizens: Am I married? Recently I went to renew my Jamaican passport in Kingston and I was pleasantly surprised at the conversation with the customer service agent. It is reproduced below: Passport Officer: “So, are you … Continue reading